Saturday, December 29, 2012
Friday, December 28, 2012
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Friday, December 7, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012
For those that have never been to the Hoosier Beef Congress, it is quite the experience. There is approximately 1000-1200 head of cattle there, breed sales, junior shows and showmanship competitions, judging, photography contests, etc. All of this takes place in the matter of 4 days. It is busy, but it is a pretty cool deal. In the past, I had always dreaded Hoosier Beef Congress. Mostly because it meant trying to get 8-12 head clipped for a show by myself, while trying to get all the other work around the farm done as well. And then getting to the show and trying to get all of these cattle fit with a 3 person crew. It was just to much. This year was different. I actually enjoyed the HBC. Why? Because we only had 4 head there and it was Kendall's first cattle show as a "big boy". Now, we did not set the world on fire as far as how we placed, yes, I think we got screwed in a couple of classes, but you know what, there is another cattle show this weekend(figure of speech, we are not going). I know there have been some people who have been rather vocal about some of the judges this year, even to go as far as accusations about "hidden agendas" to make sure some people win and others don't. I am not going there, it was there opinion on that day, and there is a lot of cow showing left to do this year. Right now, my main focus is getting him in the ring and getting him experiance. I said on here one other time, the boy has more God given talent for showing livestock(cattle in particular) than most 8 yr olds I have ever seen, now, we just have to keep building confidence. I can't wait until some showmanship judge starts asking him questions, and he comes back and tells them the avg. gestation length of a cow, or the difference between a cow and a heifer, bull or steer, etc. He is ready. Some other things I learned from HBC:
- Bryan Kelly still knows how to get me fired up, and at the same time can keep me calm
- Puppies make kids happy
- Carlyn Blue is Kendall's "unofficial" girlfriend
- Don't ever count on the announcer to call your showmanship class, you might miss it
- I like the new lay out with the show rings in the Expo Hall
- Don't give your cow Draxxin, Banamine, Probios, and Fastrack all in the same week...it's ugly.
- Don't give your cow Zupervo the right before you leave for the show...you will possibly wake up with a bowling ball in it's brisket.
- My wife can flat cook anything in a crock pot!!!
- If you have a problem with someone/something, confront it directly and get it out in the open. Stop the small talk and glares as you walk by each others stalls( if you are reading this, you know who you are)
- The purebred heifer check in lines need a little improving before next year.
- The majority of people are still willing to spend money on an heifer to win a banner, even though they have no idea how she can improve their herd once she is done showing.
- Nathan Apple has one thing on his mind at the cow show...and it ain't cattle.
- I am starting to take a liking to these Herefords.
- Luke Bowman is in fact as smart as he looks.
- Kevin Heath and I view the club calf business the same way
- Don Washburn is still the greatest ring help for young kids
- I love listening to Mike Rist talk about old time steer jock days
- Shane Blue....that's all I can say
- Brandon Jones still does the best "man tail" I have seen.
- Listening to Todd Caldwell reminisce about his glory days of roller skating is hilarious
- Clark Chamberlain may in fact be one of the funniest people I have ever met.
- YOU WILL GET THE HBC CRUD, IT IS JUST A MATTER OF WHEN
Thanks to everyone that helped us over the weekend.Nathan, Bryan, Pat, P Shuter, Neal, Cody, Ryan T. Steph and Bailey. If I left someone off, I am sorry. Beth and I are extremely grateful.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Lot # 458 of the Hoosier Beef Congress All Star Steer and Heifer sale. Sired by Monopoly out of our famed #81 donor. This maternal half sib to Simple Man is flawless in her design with all the power and balance you need. For details, call/text Dave at (317) 408-1085 or Beth at (765)-639-6450
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Be on the lookout early in 2013 for information regarding our first online genetic showcase sales at www.cwcattlesales.com. We have partnered with Bonell Farms to host "The Eggstravaganza" on March 20, 2013. We will be offering the top end of our embryo inventory, special flush opportunities as well as some special consignments from other breeders. Also, we will be hosting another sale at www.cwcattlesales.com on March 27, 2013 titled "Forgotten Treasures". This sale will consist of some of the most proven matings within each program that are very rarely offered for sale as well as full sib matings to past champions, past donors and past AI sires as well as a select offering of rare semen.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
First off, we want to thank everybody that follows us here. Although this blog was originally intended just for marketing, it has been fun to share with you all some of the craziness that happens in our life on a daily basis....kind of an "online therapy" if you will. Obviously, there must be enough folks that follow us, as we received our very first Best of the Barns Nominations this year for "Best Ranch/Farm Facebook page" and for "Best Cattle Blogger". We are really excited and honored to receive both nominations from the folks over at RHD, we have been dilligently working to gain new contacts through our Facebook page, and being that our blog is relatively new, we were extremely excited about this one. I think people are able to relate with all the different things we talk about. So, thank you....
|Kendall and Kermit|
|Steph, Taylor, Beth, Kendall at the pig show|
I absolutely love showing in Louisville, whether it is cattle or pigs. That Country Store, seeing old friends, making new ones, and of course...THE GREEN SHAVINGS! Now, it is pretty neat that the pigs show on green shavings, but I am not going to lie, that view walking down into Freedom Hall and seeing the green shavings and all of the people in the stands is one of my most favorite things. It gives me goose bumps every year when I walk in there for the first time. For those who have never exhibited cattle at the NAILE, Ranch House captured the view that I am talking about in this motivational poster:
We will be kinda all over the place this upcoming weekend in Louisville, so make sure to catch up with us. Dave will be doing a clipping/fitting demo with Kirk Stierwalt, sponsored by Weaver in New Market Hall as well as we will have a heifer there and helping on some fat steers on Sunday. Also, don't forget to look for us at the Donors on Ice Saturday night at the Hilton. We are consigning some outstanding embryo packages to that sale. Thanks to Tyler Humphrey for asking us to be apart of it.
Now, the rest of the month----
Come home from Louisville(again), and we are off for 1 week(Yay!!). Then, Thanksgiving, and on Black Friday we leave for Lima, Oh for the Heart Of it All show, come home, then, start clipping cattle for Hoosier Beef Congress the following weekend. Whew!!!
It is crazy how busy this time of year gets, but we would not change one bit of it. Good luck and safe travels to all at the NAILE and all the other shows. We look forward to catching up with everyone.
Dave and Beth
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Best of the Barn polls were opened and nominations announced today. We were fortunate to receive 2 nominations. We wiuld appreciate your vote, and don't forget, head over and like our facebook page, we only need 24 more likes before we give some Ranch House Designs gear away. Vote at www.bestofthebarns.com
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
As I write this, I realize the barn has always been the place I go to escape what I do not want to do, which is usually some type of housework (even as a kid). We (like many others) all go to the barn for different reasons and all have different jobs when we go there:
For Dave, the show barn is a place that he can just relax and think. It is often that he will come home late at night, and I will ask him "What was going on in the barn?" And most of the time he will say something like "just working." His idea of just working can span from a lot of things though. He is always trying to figure out how to make things better at the farm. Whether he is looking at a bull magazine studying mating decisions, calving cows, or rinsing cattle, the barn is where he likes to be. I often find him in the barn, with either his iPod in or the radio blaring, blowing on cattle working hair just lost in thought....yes I said lost in thought, not just lost. LOL!! He truely is one of those people that is "ate up" with the business.
For Me (Beth), it is my place to put things in perspective... Dave usually avoids me while I am in the barn, since the "Honey-do-list" gets put together when I have a little time to think! The thing I love most about the barn, are the talks that Kendall and I have! It is the one place that we lose a lot of conversation barriers and he and I just talk about life and those things that are sometimes on an 8-year old's mind.
For Kendall, well it varies from day to day! Sometimes it is to just have fun and play in the barn!!! He recently made a "strawbale slide" with his cousins that they played on for hours. Sorry, don't have any pictures of that, but it was funny watching all of them slide down all the bales. He loves his time with the dogs and the kittens, but he loves to "help" a lot too! He will feed his girls (Ginger and Gee Gee) or push hay bales down from the loft. He will wash and blow out his heifers, or sometimes he will just lead them around the barn. And, there are some days he just wants to be "in" the barn not really doing anything, but just be there.
Who says you can't grow up in a barn!! In our family it seems to be the one place we all go when we need time to put our priorities into perspective and get back to life we love to lead!!
|Grand Steer- Illinois State Fair Open Show|
|3rd Overall Steer- Illinois Beef Expo|
|Res. Grand- Universtiy of Illinois|
|Res. Grand- Western Illinois|
Monday, October 29, 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
We partnered with our friends at Ranch House Designs, and are going to be offering a special giveaway once we hit 500 likes. Make sure you like Ranch House Designs page as well, they are some awesome people to do business with. We would really like to give something away before we leave for NAILE on Nov. 8th, so that means we need 63 more likes in 23 days. Once we hit 500, we will announce what the give away prizes are and give a code for redemption at the RHD online store. This giveaway will only be announced on our Facebook page, nothing on the blog until after the the giveaway is done. So, hurry, up, don't get left out of the chance to win some awesome stuff from Ranch House.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
|Donor #75 Dr. Who x Wyoming Wind|
|Grand Champion Steer 2012 Illinois State Fair Open Show|
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012